Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Bones of a Good Essay

Check out my post at We Are Teachers: Teach students about how to write a good essay - free task cards (visual / tactile learning) and body motions to teach essay organization skills (kinesthetic).

Plus, there is a free poster created by We Are Teachers and Zaner Bloser.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Case of the Missing Sides!

Students transform into Perimeter Detectives as they try to solve The Case of the Missing Sides! After they figure out the unknown side lengths of 10 real world irregular polygons, they must infer what they are part of! (18 pages / TPT - $3) - Click here to download!

Introduction (Fence for the Vegetable Garden)
Students compare and contrast regular and irregular polygons. They are introduced to the term perimeter by relating it to a garden fence. Then, they rap along with Heath: Rap video by Heath!

Perimeter Detective
Next, they investigate real world irregular polygon photographs. They must find the length of the missing side for 10 items! Then, they use their detective skills and infer what the objects are part of! Tell your students to think creatively! Note: Older students could convert side length measurements. - Conversion Chart included in the package! Exit SlipFor reinforcement, students apply their new skills independently by figuring out the missing side lengths of five irregular polygons. Then, they rate their understanding by drawing a checkmark in the box that fits their current knowledge of the content.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Big, Bigger, Biggest Sentence!

This whole group activity helps students learn about sentence stretching from their peers. They work as a group and learn by watching their classmates. First, split students up into groups of three. Each group comes up to the front of the classroom. The first student makes up a simple sentence. The next person adds more detail. The third person adds even more detail. The group stays up there until each group member has had a chance to create a simple sentence. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4 Types of Sentences: Game & Tech

Learn about the 4 Types of Sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory with a kinesthetic game and tech project (selfie digital comic)! Visit We Are Teachers to see my post and to download free printables to go along with this lesson!